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  • Frontman Rhett Miller is no stranger to the sitcom scene (you may remember his appearance in NBC's 30 Rock), so he's right at home among the guest stars in the new Old 97's video. Jenna Fischer (Pam from The Office) interviews the guys while Fred Armisen (of Portlandia, among other things) fills in as the drummer. (In real life, Philip Peeples was indeed unable to make the film shoot due to a back problem. And that's really Armisen drumming!) Watch the Lee Kirk-directed video below. Miller said via a statement: "Lee Kirk and his team had written a great script and arranged for what would have been a very cool video when we discovered at the last minute that our drummer would not be able to take part in the filming. Thank god that Fred Armisen is a world-class drummer in addition to being literally the funniest man on the planet. What we wound up with was unexpected and amazing. This video could have been an hour long given all of the hilarious improv that Jenna and Fred did." The new album Graveyard Whistling is out today via ATO. [ Pitchfork ]

  • Last night, Ryan Adams stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden in support of his latest LP, Prisoner, out now via Pax-Am/Blue Note. Watch him perform the track "Do You Still Love Me?" hidden behind some '80s-style sunglasses. Adams comes to town on Wednesday, June 28th, playing the Paramount Theatre. You can keep track of all these late night television highlights with KEXP's TV Eye. [ Under the Radar ]

  • In the video for "5 Flucloxacillin," UK group Los Campesinos! play contestants in a game show that seems like a cross between Antiques Roadshow and The Price is Right? In a press release, frontman Gareth David says, "Doing music videos is something that we as a band absolutely dread, from concept to filming, and especially having to watch ourselves back. However, being stars of day-time TV is something we’ve always dreamed of. What we’ve ended up with is surely one of the most emotionally impactful clips in music video history, perfectly capturing the highs and lows of a life devoted to bargain hunting." Watch below. The new album Sick Scenes is out now via Wichita, and you can hear an exclusive in-studio session from the band Monday, February 27th at 12:00 PM PT. [ Stereogum ]

  • Canadian collective The New Pornographers are on the verge of releasing their seventh studio album, Whiteout Conditions. Stream the single "This is the World of Theatre" below, which features Neko Case on lead vocals with some nice A.C. Newman singing in the background. Whiteout Conditions hits stores on April 7th via their own Collected Works Records (in partnership with Concord). Just a week or so later on Saturday, April 15th, the band play the Moore Theatre. [ Consequence of Sound ]

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